First in the county!
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Pros: The Clinton County Youth Council hired the right guy. Eric G knows disc golf, and was able to squeeze a lot of fun and variety into nine holes on a relatively flat, mere five acres of land. He used the perimeter woods, as well as the angles and park trees across the grounds to create challenge from multiple tees, so that casual beginners to intermediate skill levels can enjoy the course. There are currently red and blue tees using everything from mulch to carpet, to conveyor belt rubber, repurposed from the shipping facility that used to dominate the region. There will likely be 'gold' tees in the near future, giving the course up to 27 different options. He's even got quality DGA Mach II portable baskets with sleeves in their present locations, but the option to use the portable bases for alternate tee positions, or even to temporarily use the baskets for demonstrations elsewhere (a good, flexible investment for the baskets donated by Alkermes PLC).
With holes ranging from approximately 120' with a nasty, guarded green (short hole 3) to a couple in the 300' range (6 and 8 long), this course isn't designed for bombers, but the technical challenge of the tree lanes they've carved out of the honeysuckle make it fun anyway. There are memorable holes: 4 tees from the rise at the back corner of the building to a woods corner basket raised on a tree stump. 7 and 8 have mandos (to keep away from the building and a neighbor's yard) that make for some unique lines. And even with the limited space, there are clearly 'best lines' throughout the course that call for backhands, forehands, and even rollers.
They've been clearing, tweaking, and even playing events at this course for a year or so now, and it's settling in to a layout that's just good fun. Having formerly had to trek down about twenty minutes to Gulley, this course is the first actually in Clinton County, Ohio, swiftly followed by the Wilmington College course. Good things are afoot!
Cons: The lack of space means no airing it out, and not actually owning the woods on the west side of the grounds meant they couldn't really do everything they'd wished here. And the need to seriously suggest mandos in a couple of places is due to the confined space, as well. Hopefully folks will follow them, and understand their purpose (safety and being a 'good neighbor').
Currently, there are mixed tee types, which are differentially affected by the weather, but huge run-ups aren't a necessity.
Other Thoughts: The community center is primarily focused on after school activities, so visitors (while welcome), should probably avoid the hours between school and dinner time, because the focus is on the youth at that time. Your absolute best bet would be to get in touch with Eric (see CCYC website), who seems more than happy to show first timers around.
Reviewer Background as of this writing: played 260 courses and written 242 reviews, with skills hovering around a 900 rating, I started playing at 50 and am turning 55. I don't throw far (300 footers feel like success), but am addicted to DG, and have played with folks ranging from age 7 to 87, so I try to write reviews helpful to all.
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